Guatemala Medical Mission – January 2011
My wife and I recently had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala on a medical mission with an organization called Faith in Practice. The purpose of the trip was to provide medical care to hundreds of poor Guatemalans. Our team of volunteers from various parts of the country flew into Guatemala City and then took a 3-hour bus ride to our base of operations. From there, we travelled out to remote areas and set up a makeshift medical clinic, usually in an empty school.
It was amazing to see hundreds of smiling faces each morning as our bus arrived at the “clinic”. People of all ages had come often-long distances and lined up hours before in order to be seen by a doctor. Our task was to take care of these people and our team of physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and support staff worked throughout the day until every one was seen.
The Guatemalan people are proud, happy, and appreciative. They live in poverty but maintain strong family love and support. We thank them for allowing us to come into their lives and to remind us how blessed we in America really are.